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Ars43 04-07-2013 07:32 PM

brick covered in concrete
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This is my first post other than the introduction so I apologize if I am posting in the wrong forum.

So long story short.....I met a nice man who was suffering from a disease and needed work. He said that he had built hundreds of houses in his prime so I gave him some jobs around the house. Needless to say none of them really turned out well. One in particular, involving my brick outdoor patio was really screwed up. I asked him to re-mortar the patio and he let concrete dry on top of the brick. (see pics)

I am really not sure of what to do now. I am attaching some photos and you will be able to see why my wife is really pissed at me. Any help/ideas on how to remove the concrete from the brick is appreciated.


jagans 04-07-2013 09:04 PM

Mortar, not Concrete. Concrete has stone in it. Use Muriatic acid and water, wire brush, and pressure wash with narrow fan.

Is your wife pissed because he did not complete the work by washing, or because she does not know that this result is

impossible to avoid when re pointing flat work, and washing with Muriatic acid is normal?

hand drive 04-08-2013 08:10 AM

as jagans mentions, muriatic acid washdown and be careful of the shrubbery and landscaping- use lots of water to wash it down with to have a diluted solution coming off of the porch

Blondesense 04-08-2013 10:45 AM

Be safe. Read the label carefully.
I've never used the stuff, but I know it can be nasty.

jomama45 04-08-2013 01:28 PM

There's far safer and effective alternatives than muratic, try a web search for "Prosoco" or "SureKleen". The sooner you get that off, the easier it will be.......

Ars43 04-08-2013 06:51 PM

Thanks for the information. I am concerned that if i go the muriatic acid route all the grass around the patio will die. I checked out the prosoco products and wanted to see if you guys have any experience using them? Mainly are they as effective as muriatic acid because the mortar is pretty thick in some areas.

Fix'n it 04-08-2013 08:08 PM

i am pretty sure a good gas pressure washer would take care of that. i used mine to clean a concrete patio. i had to be carefull not to damage the concrete.

stadry 04-09-2013 04:28 AM

probably the mortar's not bond'd all that well so a painter's 5-in-1 tool will make quik work of removing it,,, we use prosoco products however we are MUCH more professional & NEVER make mess's like jomama & your guy :whistling2:

grass dies - that's life,,, its also why we have to use roundup over & over :yes: grass'll come back,,, just wet it down WELL prior to the acid IF you go that route,,, neutralize acid effects on grass by brush-rinsing brick w/handful of baking soda in 5gal wtr OR 1 part plain ammonia : 8 parts water

GOOD LUCK :thumbsup:

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